Judith is a Sydney theatre worker who was ‘born in a trunk’. With a lifelong passion for all performing arts, she has turned her hand to many jobs in film, TV and live theatre. Ranging from earning pocket money for trimming the back legs off tables, so they sat flat on raked stages to owning her own touring theatre company. A lighting designer by trade, Judith experiences performances with a technical eye and an understanding of the jobbing actor and the theatrical bedrock which supports them.
Despite the evident time of year, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a play cleverly out of joint. First impressions provide an audience with context. There are Christmas pines upside down, rope lit with electric white. Yet, darkly at the head of the stage, the gloomy mirror dims their reflection.
This A CHRISTMAS CAROL is modern yet classic, contemporaneous yet true to its literary historical roots. In addition, it has a wide appeal. Both for those who revel in the season and those, like me, who try and avoid it. It’s seriously comic is places and serious in others. Thematically it enriches the watcher and touches the heart and I can enjoy that whatever the milieu and whenever the time of year. Continue reading DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RESPECTFUL MODERN TAKE→
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has honoured three generations of Packer family support by naming its major temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, the Packer Family Gallery.
TRIPLEPUNKT is a triple bill of dance works featuring a revamped GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, IS THIS MAKING SCENTS? choreographed by Kara Peake and VOGELSANG a brand new work by Bonnie Curtis Projects. Continue reading TRIPLEPUNKT: DANCE TRIPLE BILL→
TROPFEST has announced the program of TROPTALKS presented by Western Sydney University (13 – 16 February 2018). TROPTALKS returns to their new home at the University’s Parramatta City and Sydney City campuses as part of a week-long extravaganza of events. Continue reading TROPTALKS: TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE→
Following a sold-out Opera House appearance in 2016, the woman who put the pleasure back into food, Nigella Lawson, returns to the Concert Hall stage on Sunday 21 January 2018 for an evening of delectable conversation.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra are renowned the world over for their adventurous and distinctive programming, that sees re-imagined interpretations of celebrated classics stacked alongside performances of ambitious new commissions. They begin 2018 with Three Soloists, Two Premieres and a Collaboration with the Australian National Academy of Music.Continue reading ACO OPENS 2018 WITH TOGNETTI, TCHAIKOVSKY & BRAHMS→
Nineteen of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists have been selected by internationally recognised contemporary artist and guest curator Nike Savvas to present work in the 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney from 15 March until 12 May 2018.
The established artists selected to participate in the 22nd annual Prize by Nike Savvas – herself a highly respected Australian artist – include some of the country’s brightest contemporary art stars. Jenny Watson, an Australian representative at the 1993 Venice Biennale, acclaimed Aboriginal artist Richard Bell, and recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy Artwork Agatha Gothe-Snape are amongst the artists. Continue reading 19 INVITED ARTISTS: REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE 2018→
Australian artist Reko Rennie has completed his major site-specific contemporary art installation at Barangaroo South in Sydney’s CBD. The commanding work, titled AS THE CROW FLIES , is painted over buildings, hoardings and rooftops spanning a 1500 square-metre footprint – the equivalent size of a high-rise city building – and will remain in place for at least two years.
The large-scale, two-colour installation, in bright cobalt blue and neon pink, has been painted vertically and horizontally onto the exteriors and interiors of a buildings and hoardings in Barangaroo South, between International Tower Three and Hickson Road. The work extends into the entry and exit areas of the main car park and covers rooftops, making the pop-aesthetic inspired installation clearly visible from nearby office towers. Continue reading AS THE CROW FLIES: REKO RENNIE’S 1500 m2 INSTALLATION→
THE SEANCE: Giant Dwarf Theatre in Cleveland Street, Redfern.
Harrison Milas is putting on a seance to spook your socks off!
Using every magical and theatrical tool at his disposal, he will create a terrifying world of spirits and possessions, summonings and demons. The show will be completely faked, however please be advised that it will contain moments of strong shock, so viewers of a nervous disposition should seriously consider before booking.
WARNING: This show deals with simulated images of self harm and could be distressing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.
Harrison Milas is a Fake Psychic, offering palm readings, fortune telling and prophecies. For Harry, magic is a way to communicate a message. It’s a way to share joy, passion and creativity with an audience of any size and any age. And Harry has performed for of all of them. He has entertained thousands all the way down to just one person.
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After a critically acclaimed program in 2017 which saw PYT | Fairfield win Western Sydney’s first Helpmann Award (Best Presentation for Children, PYT and Force Majeure, JUMP FIRST, ASK LATER) the company announce their 2018 Program.
Now considered one of the most exciting arts companies in the country, in 2018 their work will be presented in Carriageworks for Sydney Festival,Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and sites across Western Sydney including the local pool and a garden created by refugees to support the settlement of asylum seekers. Continue reading PYT/FAIRFIELD ANNOUNCE FOR 2018→
Call me a philistine and throw me to the Chekhovians. I don’t get. Maybe I started too young. Us drama types try and immerse in the canon early. I get Strindberg, I get Ibsen. Can’t blame it on my parents, can’t blame it on Chekhov. I mean other people get it. Do I need to get it? Probably not!
Imagine my surprise then. That in a place as strange as Marrickville, with thundering aircraft low overhead and armed with coke and chips because its going to be a sodding 2 hours long. Imagine my surprise to thoroughly enjoy what I might have called in a text to a friend beforehand… Fucking Chekhov. Continue reading THE SEAGULL: SOARING WORK BY SECRET HOUSE THEATRE→
DRAWING BLOOD OCCULT LIFE DRAWING celebrates the life and art of the infamous “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton.
A bohemian, feminist, artist, provocateur and all out witch, this Australian woman is as fascinating as her esoteric art. A long time muse to Drawing Blood, 107 Projects are thrilled to bring her mystical creatures, demonic entities and erotic worshippers artwork to life.
Starting from 7pm, supernatural models will pose in various mystical formations for your life sketching studies, while our witchdoctor conjures atmospheric tunes to inspire, and a special performance to lift the spirits. Refreshments and potent elixirs available at the bar.
7pm onwards, 13 Dec 2017. Cost is $20/15 on door. Bring your own satchel of magic tools – paper, pads, charcoal, pencils, inks, pastels, oil sticks, pens etc.
107 projects cultivates spaces for emerging creatives to thrive. “Our floors are proudly un-polished, because the truth is, all art has dirty beginnings. Stepping into 107 is a bit like stepping inside the creative mind. Experiments happen and shit gets weird – but ultimately great work emerges from a rich, creative culture.”
There is always so much happening at this fantastic space. Exhibitions, music, theatre, discussion and so much more. You can find out more about 107 by visiting:
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Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia are encouraging all up and coming Australian filmmakers to enter the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship through Sydney Film Festival, with submissions accepted from 4 December 2017 until 29 January 2018.
Moonlight Cinema opened in style last night with a film which is already being whispered about in Oscar terms.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI has star turns from Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and a suppoprting cast including Peter Dinklage and Australian Abbie Cornish.
It is a gripping drama which is helmed by McDormand in a highly internalised performance. It’s a complicated film in that no-one is really likeable and it’s impossible to decide who to root for. They are all pretty unpleasant and the dark, very dark, humour that comes from their behaviour is extremely entertaining to watch.
MOONLIGHT CINEMA has a fantastic line-up of films this season and family films are firmly on the agenda. To celebrate the first day of the summer school holidays Moonlight Cinema, presented by NAB, is hosting a Teddy Bear’s picnic and advanced screening of PADDINGTON 2 on Saturday 16 December, 2018.
Being a BYO event, Moonlight Cinema is a low-cost, easy night out for everyone. If you’re too busy to BYO don’t stress, Moonlight can provide you with everything you need – hot food, drinks, snacks and bean bed rental. For a luxury experience, Moonlight’s Gold Grass offers reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and waiter service.
With superb weather last night, the crowd watched a lovely sunset over Centennial Park before the film and the vista of building lights and circling planes during the movie. Stars and stars.
For more information about MOONLIGHT CINEMA and their current program visit: